Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

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Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of avylover
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the recent Ofest I have a renewed appreciation for malts, especially the German variety, so I picked up a sixer of this. No regrets.

The appearance is clear and mahogany, with a massive steady head. Aroma is slightly skunky, which I personally enjoy - although I suspect this might be fairly old. Nonetheless, some caramel maltiness is in there and is enough to satisfy any malt lover. Taste is clean, yet malty. Nice toasted malt flavor, along with a toasted sesame flavor. Slightly sweet to compliment the roasted notes. Slight bitterness in the finish helps balance this out a bit.Drinkability if off the charts. I could pound this all night, and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.Excellent!!

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "ur-bock dunkel" is copper colored, and a tad hazy. The head didn't stick around as long as I'd expected, although when it was there it was fairly pleasant, an off-white little cap of snow over a deep, copper base. The aroma has a hints of bready, biscuity malt with a little toastiness to boot, and also a touch of skunkiness - generally, if I get a bad bottle I assume its a fluke but I don't consider skunkiness to be a fluke if the brew is in green bottle, which this one is. (a pet peeve). The flavor is possibly the saving grace, with an initial caramel sweetness followed by a robust, hearty cereal and grainy maltiness that dissolves into a little hoppy flavor and a full, balancing hoppy bitterness. However, the beer feels a little less full-bodied than I'd expect for the style. Finally, as far as drinkability goes - I'd have more, although I haven't had a lot of bocks and I expect there are others that are better. I'll keep searching though, so for now I give it a good drinkability.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger white head that leaves a ton of lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Strong malty nose. Starts sweet finishes with a slight hoppy bite, a good bock even with the green bottle. $2.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of carln26
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bock poured deep amber. Less golden than I usually expect a bock to come out of the bottle. It had a light ½ inch head, with just a trace of a lace as I sipped the beer. A stream, of champagne bubbles continuously tries to renew the head as it sits here in front of me. It smelled very malty, with deep candy overtones. The smell has a character of a dopplebock. Not as much hop on the nose. A sip…Ahh caramel up front, and finally the hops assert themselves mid drink, and the finish is a nice roasted malt flavor. A good execution of the bock style. It has a medium mouth feel and is very drinkable. Many bocks can overload the alcohol, and make them to much to drink as a session beer. This has a nice malty goodness that eases the alcohol punch.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: small 12-ounce bottle, with a large base and narrow neck. Bought online at beergeek.biz.

Appearance: Clear dark amber.

Aroma: malty aroma, with a slight hoppy spiciness.

Flavor: Well balanced flavor divided between malt and hops, with sligtly more bitterness than usual. Quite dry finish, drier than usual for a bock. Medium body.

I generally prefer a more malty sweetness in bock beers than this.

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Photo of stirgy
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a bright, clear and deep amber brown color with a small creamy head of white foam. Small and sporadic carbonation. Here’s where this beer gets good – The aroma. Wow! Big accent on freshly malted grains. Grassy, pungent and sweet with caramel notes, toasted almonds and a slight touch of molasses. Love it. It just keeps getting better - the taste is wonderfully balanced. A small hop spiciness is kept in check by a rich malt character. The spiciness emerges more so in the finish. The body is solid and full of slightly sticky and sweet malt.

This is a solid Bock beer. Really wunderbar!

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having had the Mai-Ur-Bock just one day previously, and liking it, I looked forward to this one. Same 11.2 oz. bottle.
Poured a dark reddish-copper color with a small head that diassapated quickly to a very thin ring.
Smell was sweet, malty, oak like an old whiskey cask.
Tastes were roasted malt, oak, and a noticeable alcohol presence, much like the Mai-Ur-Bock but more so. It lingered for quite a while, too.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a light effervescence all over the tongue. A decently drinkable beer, it would be so much more so if the alcohol presence (only 6.5%) were more subdued. As it warmed it became somewhat more prevalent.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light brownish hue, big,puffy cream-cola-ish head, gently drifting down.
Aroma, mild, nutty, light cocoa, soft cinnamon, delicate and demure...nice.
Rounded, malty flavor, tiny hops. Crawls into the back of the throat, and nestles in for a spell. Nutty, caramel-y flavor, packs a tasty little kick, at 6.5%, the alcohol peeks out just enough to give a mild burn.
Medium body, long, nearly intense finish.
I like this better than my numbers reflect, but it needs a little more of everything to be truly noteworthy.

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Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its departure from the green 11.2 ounce bottle sets in my Einbecker Bock glass a burnished copper color with a large tan head, which is semi-creamy in texture, the lace forms a thick curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, and fresh, crisp, clean, you get the picture and or scent don’t you? Start is quite sweet, nice malt profile, top is moderate in feel with the finish benign in its acidity, the hops a plentiful and spicy, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a drinkable brew tis’ true.

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Photo of cbl2
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Opaque reddish brown with an inch tall white head.


Very aromatic. Not sure I like what I smell (overbearing hops with faint hint of malts), but it is strong.


Strongly bitter at first with hops dominating the flavor. Malts sneak into the picture midsip only to be replaced again by a bitter finish that is unappealing.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I previously haven't given too much thought to it, I've never had a "single" bock beer. I've had a few doppels over the past fews months and with this beer I will be sampling what appears to be just a regular bock beer, made for everyday consumption. Einbecker does a pretty good job with this "everyday" beer.

Einbecker Ur-Bock pours a reddish dark-brown color that is somewhat colored like a dark iced tea. 1 finger of light tan foam forms and lasts for a little over a minute. The aroma is dark and malty. Definite roasted notes, some caramel, coffee, and a bit of alcohol in the nose too. The mouthfeel is lighter than a doppelbock, but still has some of the same slick, coating type of texture to it. The malt presence in this brew is sweet and could be considered a bit molasses-like. A good nutty presence is felt along with the roasted flavors, burnt caramel, and coffee notes. The alcohol does carry over into the flavor somewhat and it might also be responsible for the high-moderate dryness in the finish. The dryness, roasted notes, and alcohol present themselves in the aftertaste too. The Ur-Bock finishes out with a moderate alcoholic warmth.

This is a nice, well-made bock beer. The green bottles thankfully had no bearing on the aroma or flavor of the brew. I would say that there are similarities to a doppelbock, this brew is lighter in body and flavor. It isn't exceptional, but this one ranks as "pretty good" in my book.

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Photo of wsouloa
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this one in the liquor store and figured I'd give it a try. I kind of thought it would be a lot better than it was although I will say this, its a pretty interesting beer. I expected this to be darker than it was. It poured a dark reddish, almost brown color. The smell was very coffee-ish. I thought that the taste was a bit of a combination of chocolate and coffee but there was something else in there that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel was quite nice, it was smooth and creamy. This beer is good but not as good as I had anticipated. It came in 6 pack with small roundish bottles with goldish paper and I really thought this one would be world class. Worth a try though if you find it.

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Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper red amber with a small tan head that recedes into a film after about a minute. Minimal sheets of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma begins with a strong, caramel malt presence that is quickly subdued by an unpleasant, Euroskunk hoppiness that I would characterize as sulfuric, mildewed hay.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and is very creamy. There is a Euroskunk hop twang on the tongue.
Taste reveals a caramel/toffee malt dominance that recedes into a herbal, almost medicinal hops presence. There is an unpleasant, bitter, sulfuric, hops twang in the middle, that fades as the brew warms. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
I have mixed feelings about this one. It's unlike any bock I've ever had, and the Euroskunk element that is here and there, is not something I care for. I suppose, overall, it has substantial complexities that make it worth trying again. I would have preferred a more substantial malt character that would have more successfully dominated the Euroskunk hops.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of maple syrup with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Beer has a particularly poor nose when poured cold—too much sulfur is present when poured from the bottle. Once the sulfur has dissipated however, the beady Munich malts and German hops emerge in the nose. (A characteristic of more than a few lagers, but prominent here.)

The flavor profile leads with caramel malt sweetness and ends with a dry hop finish. Hops are prominent in the profile at all points. The beer carries its alcohol very well. A very nice big meal beer, and a great winter warmer session beer. Don’t be turned off by the sulfur nose. Let it off-gas for a minute or two, and forgive it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear in body, color is a light amber with a slight copperish tone, a quick puffy off-white head appears swiftly and crumbles away nearly just as fast leaving a thin collar always present and very minimal spots of lace. Aroma is slightly sweet of malts with a burnt-like toffee, notes of wet old grass; crisp and light on the nose overall. Taste is has a quick little start thats thinnishly silky where then, just past midway some slightly twinged grassy and earth toned hops and burntish malts begin to mingle for a bit then the hops fade off leaving some burntish toffee across the palate as it finishes with a soft dryness and subdued crispness. Feel has a bit of texture in the carbonation leaving behind some twingy burnt malt burps with a passable medium fullness throughout. Its a bit slow moving at first but kinda grows on ya as you go. This seems to be something that would go well around a bonfire to me, why, I couldn't say, it just does. Something simple, yet with a bit of interest and a nice warming of 6.5% would make it a good fire side drink.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel/copper color, no head with minimal lace.
Aroma of caramel, toffee and coffee with a floral hop aroma.
Flavors of sweet dark malt with a hint of chocolate and smoke. Has a little grassy or earthy note in there as well. Transitions well to slight bitter hop finish but doesn't quite pull it off.
Mouthfeel is nice and alive and alcohol back end is warming and pleasing. Earthy and grassy notes make drinakability a little lower but overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of bditty187
2.69/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber hue, coppery highlights, it is a very lovely color, the off-white head reached a half finger in size, and it quickly faded to a soapy residue. No lace was produced. The nose is unimpressive, sweet maltiness, strong influences of grassiness, sulfur, oddly Euro-lager in nature. Frankly, the bouquet repulses me. The palate is malty sweet, hints of caramel, grassy in the middle, which I didn’t care for, the finish is pleasantly hoppy-bitter, a saving grace IMO. I’m not trilled by the huskiness or the slight nuttiness in the taste. The aftertaste is long with tacky sweetness and faint hops bitterness. I don’t know what to make of this beer, it is dissimilar to any Bock I’ve had. The alcohol is not noticeable on the palate, a nice accomplishment, but it does warm the belly. Medium in body, a touch light, the carbonation is very modest and the mouthfeel is slightly slick. More malt would work nicely, oh well. I paid $3.00 for a 11.2 ounce green bottle in Omaha, honestly this would not be worth drinking if it was free. The nose ruins any favorable impression of this beer; I do like the hoppiness of the palate but little else. Not my cup of Bock, maybe it will work for you but I can’t recommend it.

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Photo of counselor
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a nice Einbecker Dunkel glass .. dark coffee bean color with a good head. Lacing present throughout the glass. Not much nose to speak of, but the falvors were deep, dark and full bodied. Sweet rich icey cool malt flavors with little hop flavors. Mild hop flavors on the back end, but clearly malts rule this beer. There was good body to this beer as it crossed the tounge and coated my mouth with flavors of plums, figs and tobacco. The nose opened up a little as the galss warmed, but always it was the rich sweet malts that dominated. A nice representation of the bock style.

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Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Green bottle..poured skunky...smells only slightly skunky in the glass and has no skunky taste...now with that out of the way here's the review..

Nice caramel brown colored beer...very little head...nose exhibts a malty sweetness, but not sticky sweet smelling....also some earthy, herbal hop notes...

Body is medium..again, sweet in the mouth but not sticky sweet...

Flavors are pretty substantial for a regular bock beer...maltiness dominates..not a sweet caramel flavor though...more of a semi-burnt maltiness....and then hit of earthy herbal hoppiness to provide some balance...

This is a tough beer to put descriptive words too...It has that German lager flavor to it with a slight hint of skunkiness..it's substantial but not one of my favorite tasting bocks...

Worth trying...one is enough for me but others might like the flavors a little more than me...

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light cream colored head was foamy in apperance and left a little bit of lace. The beer is dark amber in color and fairly clear. Sweet malty aroma. There's not much going on with the flavors. A very mild sweet alcoholic maltiness is followed up by a bitter metalic aftertaste. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, but then again there really isn't that much to the flavor.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This ur-bock poured a clear, coppery red color with good white foam that settled. The smell was a sweet, floral and vinous aroma with a touch of biscuit. Interesting. The taste was mildly sweet and floral, almost flowery. There was a vinous flavor (dark grape skins), as well as malt, oak, and a hint of caramel. The hops came out in the finish. There was a slightly detectable alcohol taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and fruity with medium body and carbonation. It was somewhat warming with a dry finish. This was a nice and very interesting beer, unlike any other bock I have every tasted.

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Photo of jcalabre
1.53/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I originally sampled this beer on 16 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This pours clear golden brown. It has a light body along with a lousy flavor. The alcohol is far too apparent. This is a Loser. Save your money. Please avoid this beer

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Photo of TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a medium head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that lasted a fair amout of time and a semi-opaque brown body. It has a nice mild malty aroma. Its flavor is a bit fizzy for a Dunkel and mild with hints of malt and lacking any real distinctive flavor.

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Photo of marburg
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours the color of a tarnished penny with a slight layer of film-like head. Very muddy, thick, wet malt aroma with subtle hints of chocolate -- non-descript as far as many beers are concerned but fairly potent, I think, as a lot of bocks go. Medium-bodied and offers the mouth a slight tingly feeling. Light acidic -- like the lemon filling in a pastry -- pushes into a malty flavor dominated by a sloppy, wet mouthfeel -- pumpernickel and light caramel notes. Pretty drinkable for a beefy brew.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dunkel bock with a mahogany color and roasted qualities.. Alcohol is prevalent at the final sip of the glass as the head is creamy and the mouthfeel velvety.. this dunkel is wel known and well made a bit skunky at first.. must be those green bottle.. but it does subside after a few minutes.

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3.71 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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